I played my first game in a Saints shirt against Widnes a few weeks ago and I was the fittest and fastest I've ever felt. It was a shame that they hadn't managed to fit my name on the back of my shirt for it though. I'm glad the kit man sourced letters small enough to fit by the Millennium Magic weekend, I was beginning to think it would be a biro job!
Living in St Helens is very different to living in London. There is definitely a slower pace of life, no hustle and bustle of busy streets, which suits me well as a prop forward.
I also like the fact that it's so rural as green spaces are a rarity in London, and it's lovely to be able to take the dog out on so many walks.
However, if we feel a bit homesick we pop into Manchester (like a mini London) to get ignored and pushed aside by crowds- bliss!!
I'm enjoying training up here, all the boys are great and I've fitted in well. There's a bit of banter about my accent (queens English) and suddenly everyone thinks they're Del Boy when they speak to me!
We've just moved into the new state of the art training facilities at Cowley- it's something Man City would be proud of! Although the downsides to this are the new and improved daily ice baths- I'm not a fan!
My first game of the season was against our fiercest rivals in front of a 30,000 crowd in the Millennium Stadium. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous.
We started well but made some silly errors which led to some easy tries from Wigan. But, because we have great spirit I knew we'd make a comeback and I was pleased with the point we came home with.
It was an honour playing in my Saints shirt for the first official game of the season, and I'm raring to pull it on again on Friday at The Willows when we play Salford.